Bioactive phenolic substances in industrially important tree species. Part 2: Knots and stemwood of fir species

Stefan Willför, Linda Nisula, Jarl Hemming, M Reunanen, Bjarne Holmbom

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    Secoisolariciresinol, but also lariciresinol (Abies alba) and 7-hydroxymatairesinol (A. amabilis), could be extracted in large scale from fir knots at pulp and paper mills. The ready availability of large amounts of lignans and oligolignans now enables research to assess their bioactivity and provide the base for applications in medicine and nutrition, or as natural antioxidants and antimicrobial agents in various technical products.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)650–659
    Number of pages10
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Abies
    • fir
    • flavonoids
    • heartwood
    • hydrophilic extractives
    • juvabiones
    • knots
    • knotwood
    • lignans
    • oligolignans
    • phenolic substances
    • polyphenols
    • sapwood
    • sugars

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